So, our fellow MoZian Anubhav Rattan, attended the Gojira press conference yesterday [December 14th, 2012]. Anubhav a.k.a Noobie is himself a bassist from a Mumbai based death metal band Asylum. Gojira faced a series of questions by fellow music writers and managed to answer most of them. Here, is an excerpt from the interview:
MoZ: How has India been so far? Was it as expected?
Joe Duplantier: We’re really excited to be in India. It’s our first time here, we’ve never eve
n been to the country, except for Christian, who’s come here once before.
MoZ: Who are your inspirations?
Joe and Jean-Michel: We’ve been greatly influenced by bands such as Metallica, Pantera, Sepultura, Morbid Angel. Now we’re inspired by any kind of music, not only metal.
MoZ: How do you go about making music?
Joe: We’re all very close, that’s the key. When we meet to jam, we first talk to each other, talk about our problems or anything that happened in the day. Then we play. Daily life influences our music. It is pure emotion.
MoZ: Any particular incident you can recollect that influenced you to make such music?
Joe: Birth. (laughs like a horse)
MoZ: (laughs in unison) While most death metal bands talk about negative subjects like violence, bloodshed, etc., you talk more about the spirit and philosophy. Was this a conscious choice?
Joe: Uhm…see, the lyrics you’re talking about…the violence and suffering…are good. Someone needs to talk about it. We are completely organic, and we just try to be ourselves.
MoZ: Which is that one song that you love to play on stage?
Mario: It’s a difficult question…my choice keeps changing. Like, a month back, it was The Axe. Right now, it’s L’Enfant Sauvage.
Christian: I enjoy playing Toxic Garbage Island!
MoZ: In one of the previous interviews you had mentioned that you are inspired by the Mantras. Can you tell us more about it?
Joe: Yes it’s true. We’re inspired by the mantras because it’s like, it takes you in a trance. The loops are long, and it’s progressive, much like our music. When we’re in such a mood, we like to continue playing the same riff over and over again, making slight changes in between.
MoZ: Do you often listen to Indian artists, specifically from the classical genre?
Mario: I listen to a lot of Ravi Shankar. I love his music, and I love the sound of the sitar. Nothing can sound like a sitar, it’s so different and unique.
Joe: We’re very sad on learning about his demise. We came to know while we were on our way to India.
[Interviewed by Anubhav Rattan for Moment of Zen.]
Obligatory Gojira – L’enfant Sauvage